1. Matt27 says

    I hope the justice system ensures he is never able to harm anyone ever again.
    @Hadenoughbs, I agree, clean the church first and don’t try to put the attention to sth else.
    @Hyde, not all Christians.

  2. jtramon says

    To be fair to the Catholic Church:

    1. This never happened.
    2. The so-called “victims” are making this up
    3. The “victims” and their attorneys see a payday in their future
    4. The Catholic Church is being unfairly attacked
    5. What about the abuse cases in public schools, etc?

  3. jtramon says

    ^^^Obviously my comments were being sarcastic.

    It seems each time another of these stories come out, the “church defenders” start up with these responses.

    My favorite of course, is that “public schools have more cases than the catholic church”.

    DUH. The cases in the catholic church, and the number of its victims, are multiplied many times over simply because the church keeps moving the abusers to other parishes, thereby giving them more victims whose lives they can ruin.

    Such as this case-where the number of victims is around twenty. In a business or public school or sector – if you are raping children, you’re thown in jail, not moved to the next town.

  4. oncemorewithfeeling says

    The Caholic Crime Cartel is a shake-down racket run by criminals whose frontline foot soldiers alse rape your kids. Taking a child to a Catholic “church” or school is child abuse.

    Grow up and stop believing in fairy tales told to you by men in dresses — unless you’re at a good drag show in a nice cabaret, in which case carry on. But leave the kids at home, please.

  5. Gigi says

    @JTRAMON – How your comment could have been misconstrued as anything other than what is was – sarcasm – is beyond me. Moving on…
    when will this stop? How many more rapist priests are being protected by the RCC? They know that they’re rapists yet instead of turning them over to the police they move them to another parish, giving them a fresh crop of children to rape. Disgusting!

  6. woody says

    the cardinal who knew about and protected this priest for years died last year, escaping justice. he was a civil lawyer and knew how to work the courts in his favor. cardinal bevilaqua. one of america’s worst bishops. i find it disturbing that this is only happening after bevilaqua’s death.

  7. ungracefuldancer says

    @ JACK M You calling someone a Troll is like the pot calling the kettle black. Get over your old cranky self.

    I agree with GIGI – and while the church may have come a long way, they’ve done it kicking and screaming. I still think they’re hiding a lot more skeletons in their “closets”

  8. bandanajack says

    gigi, et al, perhaps if you had actually been a reader and seen the comments that are made on this news blog you would understand how regular readers without any web style indicators would mistake the comment of another relative unknown for the post of a troll.

    i have two observations, with zero snark, i hope someone finds a way to go after bevilaqua, since he was in many ways more evil than the perpetrators on his watch, and two, any statutes of limitation should be removed from sexual abuse of minors charges.

  9. Hagatha says

    As I recall, many years ago I did the math and Catholic priests are convicted of sex crimes at a rate no higher than the general population.

    Fun fact to know and tell. American Indians molest children at a rate which is the highest of any American racial group. But you never hear about that, do you?

  10. Bob R says

    Wonder if he’ll be excommunicated by the pope? Refusing to oppose abortion rights, advocating ordination of female priests, being openly gay and supporting marriage equality are grounds for defrocking and excommunication. Raping children, adultery, and lying to cover up those heinous crimes, not so much, if at all. You just have to love the Catholic church, one of the world’s largest and most successful criminal enterprises.

  11. bernard law says

    Yet another typical Catholic pedophile priest, hidden & protected by the world’s largest organized child rape crime syndicate until he finally got caught.

    Catholics protect their pedophile crimes with all of the power that satan has.

    Philly Catholics spent $11 million last year to protect Msgr Lynn, who shredded evidence about 35 “Jerry Sandusky” priests like Brennan. Catholics never said how much they spent to save Brennan, who they know ADMITTED that he was in his apartment alive with a young child who was watching porn, and slept in a bed with the child.

    In the Catholic freak fraternity of the priesthood, that’s ok.

    Catholics protect their child rapists like Jesus would protect children.

  12. says

    You’re missing the point, apologist @Hagatha. Power and gross institutional hypocrisy. No one is saying that only priests rape children, but the priests have had the Catholic hierarchy spending gazillions of dollars to cover up their crimes, while, meanwhile, the same Catholic hierarchy is trying to be a moral authority, meddling in our lives when they should be worrying about why their “celibate” priets are f**king their kids.

  13. anon says

    Obviously, victims need to press charges sooner for these cases to be successful. Fortunately, there may be ways to initiate civil proceedings even after a long period of time.

  14. Hagatha says

    Ernie – Not piling on doesn’t make me an apologist. Though I despise the RCC, I despise it honestly and for the right reason. Using the occasional statutory rapist too damn the church is dishonest. In fact, it’s a tactic of the religious right.

    Here’s how the religious right does math:
    Two men are convicted of sex with minors. Joe had sex with two 14 year old girls and Fred had sex with 20 14 year old boys. Now we do the RR math.

    Fred had sex with ten times as many boys as Joe had girls, so gay people are ten times more likely to molest. But we’re not done. Because gay people are 2% (the religious right always uses the lowest figure available from a seemingly respectable source) of the population, then you multiply the ten times factor by another factor of 50 and declare that gay people are 100 times more likely to RAPE CHILDREN (by now they want you to believe that we’re talking about anal rape when any idiot knows that most of these diddlers are sexually immature adults who don’t like doing the nasty) than heterosexuals.

    So no, I’m not an apologist but I’m also not going to pile on to defective reasoning.

  15. simon says

    Please give us a link to any study which supports your claim. Not just a calculation you did many years ago, which I guess was never published in any social science journal.

  16. Tristram says

    Andy I don’t understand why you keep putting up stories about pedophiles. I thought this was a blog for gay men, not pedophiles. Or do you equate the two as somehow connected? I certainly don’t.

  17. Hagatha says

    Hey Simon – Kiss my patoot.

    “Notwithstanding the media hysteria over sex abuse in the Catholic Church, priests abuse at a rate far lower than that of other males. While even one case of abuse is too many, approximately only 4% of all active priests between 1950 and 2002 were even accused of abuse – a rate far lower than that of other males in the general population.”

  18. simon says

    Your so called source is by someone who have written a blog and two books to defend the Church. There is a review which says:
    A good collection of dishonest distractions from reality, January 6, 2012
    Thomas Patrick Doyle “Thomas P Doyle”
    This review is from: Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church (Paperback)
    This book is not an accurate or honest accounting of the so-called “other side” of the clergy sex abuse scandal. It is nothing more than a re-spinning, with some added erroneous or distorted frills, of the usual distortions employed by the Catholic hierarchy and their defenders. These distortions are geared at trashing the victims and their supporters, slandering their lawyers and distracting from the verified dishonesties of the Catholic institution in its response to the reports of sexual abuse. One problem with the book is that the author picks and chooses sources to back up his contentions and many or most of the sources are wrong. There was apparently no effort to examine primary source materials. The only value the book has is that it stands as a one-stop source for the most common defenses , distortions and distractions put up by those who try to defend the indefensible.

  19. says

    Yeah, @Hagatha, your “source” is an apologist even if you aren’t, a one man pro-Catholic propaganda machine and not a very credible one.

    Plus, buddy, again you missed the point. It’s not just about numbers it’s about the Catholic Church as an institution using its power and money to cover up “celibate” priests’ rapes of children while simultaneously holding that they have the moral authority to judge our lives and to use political influence to deprive us of equal rights. The bigger picture is the Catholic abuse of power to harm others. Step away from the propaganda.

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